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Old 07-23-2011, 01:07 PM   #12
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City: New England and Canada to Florida
Country: USA EAST
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Vessel Model: Helmsman 38 Pilothouse
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RE: Steady Sails...Do they work?

Being an old New Englander where steadying sails were most common, I have seen steadying sails work to limit the roll and reduce the snap, but they do not work nearly as well as stabilizers. When I was a designer/builder I built a 37 foot lobster boat yacht for a customer who specified a steadying sail. the mast was about 20 feet tall and the rig was engineered to take the loads imposed just like a sailboat mast. The sail was about 70 sq.ft. Although we set the sail to prove the system on builders trials, and the owner set the sail for some photo ops, I do not believe the rig was ever really used.
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